"I was ready for whatever," Davis said Monday. "Now I don't need it. Throw it away. See ya."
"It was a great feeling. We don't have to go nowhere. We can just go out back, go out back and throw the football around," Davis said. "The opponents, they come to us. And that's always good, having home-field advantage, and having the team come to you. We get another shot, another home game. Amazing feeling."
Tears streamed down Davis' face and he fell into the arms of first-year coach Jim Harbaugh after the victory in San Francisco's first playoff game in nine years.
Davis, who also had a 49-yard TD reception in the first quarter, finished with seven catches for 180 yards - the most yards receiving by a tight end in a playoff game.
His last-second TD immediately became "The Grab," a fitting nickname to follow a couple of others in 49ers postseason lore: "The Catch" from Joe Montana to Dwight Clark to win the NFC championship game against Dallas after the 1981 season and "The Catch II" from Steve Young to Terrell Owens for a winning TD with 3 seconds left in a 30-27 wild-card win over the Packers after the 1998 season.
No riled-up cheeseheads this time.
"Oh yeah!" Gore said with a grin when asked about being pleased to have another home game in San Francisco. "If we would have had to go there, I would've toughened it up. I don't need it (big jacket) now."
San Francisco drew a sellout crowd of 69,732 for Saturday's thriller against Drew Brees and New Orleans on a beautiful sunny winter day - with a 62-degree kickoff temperature.
While rain is in the forecast for Sunday's NFC title game, it sure beats the alternative of travel to the Midwest this time of year.
While Harbaugh won't root - "be careful what you wish for," he noted - for anyone aside from big brother and Baltimore Ravens coach, John, he fully understands the benefits of hosting another postseason game and having players in their own beds leading up to Sunday. San Francisco earned the NFC's No. 2 seed.
"In terms of having the game here, that is an advantage for us," Harbaugh said. "And I really say that after feeling the game this past Saturday in Candlestick. Our fans turned that stadium into a fortress. That was as good as it can get. Our crowd was behind us, our players felt it, it was a great environment. ... It felt like, I mean, somebody locked the gates and put us in here and we got 70,000 and a city behind us. It just felt that way, it felt good, it felt like an advantage. I hope we get that this week as well."
Harbaugh wouldn't say whether he believes in the old adage that it's tough to beat the same team twice in the NFL - San Francisco swept its two regular-season meetings with Seattle and St. Louis in divisional play - but he knows the Giants have improved plenty in the two months since the teams last saw each other.
"It became evident that the Giants were playing harder and just executing better and played as a team," Harbaugh said of watching Sunday's game.
"That's formidable opponent. That is a worthy opponent. That is a scary opponent. We will have to come with every ounce of our A game as well."
Notes: Harbaugh had no updates on the status of TE Delanie Walker, recovering from a broken jaw sustained Dec. 24 at Seattle, or WR/return man Ted Ginn Jr., who injured his right knee Saturday after being slowed in recent weeks by an injured left ankle. Of Walker, Harbaugh said, "It all will be in the doctor's hands. I have not gotten confirmation one way or the other." Harbaugh said he hasn't been given any indication that Ginn's injury is serious enough to keep him off the field, while noting, "I don't have my MD."